• Report: #250783
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IPA, International Profit Associates

  • Submitted: Mon, May 28, 2007
  • Updated: Sat, July 21, 2007

  • Reported By:Harahan Louisiana
IPA, International Profit Associates
1250 Barclay Blvd Buffalo Grove, Illinois U.S.A.

IPA International, Profit Associates Misrepresesentation and misleading, scam, will put you out of business. Buffalo Grove Illinois
*UPDATE: Rip-off Report Investigation - International Profit Associates recognized by Rip-off Report as a safe business service - IPA pledges to resolve all complaints, 100% commitment to customer service and satisfaction, feel confident and secure when doing business with IPA

*Consumer Suggestion: Your solution is quite simple.

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: dont do it

*Author of original report: IPA wants to settle with us. What should we do?

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We fell into the same scam as all of you did. It started one day when a company rep walked in and talked us into a $350 consulting fee. We are a company who does need help so we agreed to do so.

The next day a consultant came in and told us that we BARELY fit the criteria for help but said if we were committed she would get us put through. Upon telling us how expensive they were, we told her that we could not afford to use them. She however said to us that if we showed commitment IPA would work with us. So knowing that we need the help and knowing they would work with us, we signed on.

The next day the project manager and an associate came in and began looking at our financials. The associate was really useless and we began to wonder if we had made a mistake. We scraped every penny of our personal savings to pay the roughly $8000.00 owed to them. We felt we needed to at least go a little further to see if the next help would be better.

The following week the next associate came in. He, I must honestly say, was a blessing. He re-did everything the two associates did the week proir and more. He is someone I would reccomend to other companies if he was solo. Anyway, by the end of the week we tallied up another $12,000.00 bill that he knew we could not pay. All the associates could see that we are not very liquid. I was told to stay in contact with his boss every Wednesday.

We signed and post-dated three checks which made us feel uncomfortable as we could not cover just one of them. Our intention was to pay a little each week until we could finish the project. We called the first Wednesday and told them to put off the checks as we could not cover them. They did and we called the following Wednesday to do the same thing. The associate said no problem.

Well guess what? They put it through against our request which the check cleared, but now our checks that went out to pay other bills will bounce unless we find a way to come up with enough money to cover them. Our 6yr. olddaughter needs dental work and physical therapy and will not be able to have them until we catch up. We will be putting a stop payment on the other two checks and will pay them not another penny until we are satisfied.

I feel really scammed by this company and hope that something can be done about them.

Harahan, Louisiana

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Your solution is quite simple.

AUTHOR: Sandy - (U.S.A.)

Understand that IPA will run from any former client who shows strength.

First, file a complaint with your state, county, and even city Attorney General regarding IPA.

Second, file a complaint with your state, county, city Better Business Bureau.

Third, contact you local newspaper to be interviewed for an article detailing the treatment, tactics, and lack of value received to warn other businesses in your area.

While you may be hestitant to follow the above processes, be brave. It is NOT an embarrassment to have been duped by these crooks. That is what they are counting on - you will be too embarrassed to disclose that you were a sucker for their very smooth methods. I would be willing to bet that many others in your area have experienced the same loss in time and money. Share your story and other will come forward.

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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

dont do it

AUTHOR: Cc - (U.S.A.)

please dont do pay. i just started working for them last week and i have resigned after one day in the field seeing what really happens. the owner is a convicted felon. he pleaded guilty to intent larceny and engaging with a 16 year old prostitute. fight back, threaten to call your attorney and tell them you will be calling all the local news stations. i got into this company to help people and their businesses and i am so depressed and hurt after what i have learned. do not pay them, they are bullies and only care about themselves. the fact that your daughter needs medical help that you are paying for is of no concern to them. i do not know if there is a way to get any of your money back but i am encouraging not to give them one more penny. even if they come in tomorrow and finish the entire job, DO NOT PAY!!!
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#3 Author of original report

IPA wants to settle with us. What should we do?

AUTHOR: Sean - (U.S.A.)

IPA now wants to settle with us. They have reduced the amount they say we owe. What it boils down to is that we will have paid them $17,000 for an incomplete project. Still our daughter cannot resume her physical therapy. IPA wants us to give them 8 post-dated checks which they promise not to put through unless we tell them to. They did not follow this before, so should I trust in them again? We are so confused as to whether or not we should settle of fight. We at this point feel that the $12,000 they got from us should be considered payment in full for what we did not receive. I feel that they should return the $4100 they put through against our wishes as we will be trying to catch up that for a while. If anyone reading this has some experiences with IPA please help us make the right decision.
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